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The Faults in my Blogging

It has been a couple of years since I started blogging but I still feel like a newbie in this Blog-O-World. In fact, I feel that I have been able to realise my potential as a blogger only this year. But, there was a time when I had almost given up on blogging. I got so lost and frustrated then that nothing made sense. Everything was a chaos; going out of control. Tired and depressed I had stepped out of this amazing world of Blogging. The realisation struck me when I looked back and found that there was no one but myself who was the source of that chaos. Only I was to blame for the faults committed.  Here’s how I went about to rectify ‘The Faults in my Blogging’

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The List of Faults

To solve any problem first we need to assess the problem itself and that is what I did as the first step. I listed out all the wrong practices followed by me while blogging:-

Poor Interaction: My idea to start a blog was for doing Book Reviews. After the first few weeks of posting on my blog, I started receiving comments and followers. Out of curiosity, I visited those blogs but never commented on them. I was hesitant to write something lest I make a mistake. My fault was that my interaction in the blogosphere was next to nil. Eventually, I lost my views and followers.

Too Many Commitments: Since I love reading books and write reviews for them, I enrolled myself in many such websites which organised blog tours and provided books to review. The fault was I didn’t plan accordingly and accepted many ‘review copies’ at the same time. The after effect was that I couldn’t complete most of the commitments and ended up messing the reputation of my blog.

 

Writing the list of Faults done by me while blogging
The List of Faults                                                  Source: Google

Imitating others: In the beginning, I used to visit several blogs to peep into their activities.  My fault was that for popularising my blog, I copied such similar acts in mine as well. Since they were not my ideas and I lacked the knack to carry them out properly, they looked forced and fake on my site. As a result, they never received the reaction I intended to have.

Fickling Theme: Furthermore, I used to experiment too much with the theme of my blog. I would change my theme and menu options very frequently. This fault created confusion among my readers as they had to navigate themselves in a new way every time they visited.

Impatience: Above all, I was an impatient blogger. I wanted all the positive aspects of blogging in no time. I wanted my blog to be the most talked about, most followed in a matter of a few months. This self-centred mentality and high expectations for my blog ultimately gave me frustration and nothing else. This was one of the biggest faults in my blogging. I was foolish not to realise that fulfilment of expectations can be achieved only by sheer hard work.

Blogger showing impatience for desired results
Impatient Blogger                                                Source: Google

As expected with all these faults committed by me, I did not grow as a blogger and went on a hiatus for a year or so.

 

What happened thereafter?

A ping or a message about someone subscribing to my blog or liking my published post used to rattle me during my hiatus period. As time passed, I reflected upon the things I had done while blogging and honestly acknowledged my mistakes. I took a decision to come back as I had always loved reading and writing and blogging had given me a perfect avenue.

Hence, I took the following steps:

1) Straightening out my priorities was the first thing. I sat and wrote what I wanted most from blogging.

2) Secondly, I limited my commitments and accepted the requests only when I was sure to fulfil them.

3) I consciously started replying to my readers and leaving comments on the blogs I visited. Communicating and making friends in Blogosphere became one of my top priorities. Slowly and steadily, I succeeded in having regular conversations with my fellow bloggers. (It has become my habit now and I am very happy about it.)

4) Content and Consistency were the other two aspects which I sincerely paid attention to.

5) Lastly, I stopped imitating others and concentrated on what I was most capable of.

 

Where do I stand at present?

After months of following my revised agenda, I can confidently say that I am progressing forward. There are things which I still need to learn but I am not in a rush. I feel satisfied and comfortable in my virtual space. In the course of time, I have made some good friends here who advise me and support me whenever required. Talking to them is like talking to old friends. Also, I have got my groove back as my focus is on only writing what I love.

I am a Happy Blogger now

I am a Happy Blogger now 🙂

 

Do you have such similar experiences when you had given up things you loved but couldn’t forgo them and came back to claim them again? Let me know them in the comments section below…

 

Until then,

Keep the Faith

Written by Preeti

 

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110 Comments

  • Keerthi Vydyula

    I couldn’t agree more! Those are the mistakes many of us commit when we start out. It is indeed very important to discover our true passion for writing and set a style of our own instead of blindly following others.

  • Preety tiwari

    Glad to know that finally u analyzed what’s going wrong with your blog and corrected it… We all make mistakes but only few have courage to accept, lovely read. #MyFriendAlexa #DelhibloggerReads

  • Sudip Saha

    Trust, even I made similar mistakes while managing a tech blog. had to take it down after 4 years due to poor stats. Learned from those mistakes and launched a new blog. Receiving an overwhelming response since Day 1. Reached that position in the last 7 months which I couldn’t do in the 4 years of tech blogging.

  • writenlive

    Content and Consistency is one of the first steps in blogging and I have slipped on this account most of all.

    You have written a Very good post on the pitfalls that befall a new blogger. Loved the content and the presentation, Preeti!

  • Varsha Gode

    Rectifying the mistakes and talking about them on SM takes utmost courage Preeti 🙂
    I had few ups and downs as well like how does the blog gets visibility, how and when to post and what to post. Don’t call yourself Impatient Blogger, according to me a person who can read a book and finish it can be the most patient person on this earth (p.s. I’m the impatient types and take ages to read a book :P)
    #vigorousreads #MyFriendAlexa

  • crazygreenlady

    Thank you for laying out your faults so that others can also learn from it. As you have rightly said, we must know what we want from blogging. Fame? Money? Visitors? to promote our books? Once we are sure of what we are after then the hard work begins. And connections are everything.

    Namratha from #firstgreenstep

  • ☆Novemberschild☆ (@romspeaks)

    Possibly the most frustrating challenge for many bloggers including mine in the past was trying to attract more visitors. In fact, most bloggers don’t give very much thought and in turns into a mistake, as to how they will attract visitors until after the blog has been launched and they find that not many people are visiting. Regardless of how much traffic you have, you’ll always want more. But for many this can be a discouraging problem to face, and it’s one that leads many bloggers to give up and stop blogging.

  • Leha

    This was a very honest article. All of us bloggers must have gone through this in the beginning. It’s a process we grow and learn into..
    #MyFriendAlexa #literarylehareads

  • tinacharya

    What an honest confession. It needs guts to confess and accept your own mistakes and then rectify them. We make mistakes because we are destined to grow better. You wrote it so beautifully. Loved It 🙂

  • jayanthi6

    So true,Preeti – I also committed the same mistake as you by not interacting with anybody – now I also comment and interact and it is a much more enjoyable journey… 🙂

  • Deepti Menon

    Preeti, I love the title of your post… think that is the best way to tap into the interest of your readers. 🙂 Thank you for the interesting post which will help many bloggers to avoid the same kind of pitfalls. All the best with your writing.
    #DeepTiesReads #MyFriendAlexa

  • Neha Sharma

    I guess every blogger goes through this phase at lease once in their blogging journey. It’s been a year since I started my blog and since then I have made many mistakes, I reflect upon them, learn from my faults and amend my practices. There had been many such phases where I just wanted to leave blogging but would soon come to terms with my feelings, dreams and goals. You are doing a great job, Preeti. Keep blogging, keep going!

  • arv!

    Generally, when I have too many commitments, I go slow on writing a new post because t takes a lot of time for me to compose and edit. Replying on time shows that you value a visitor for his time. what do you think?

  • vartikasdiary1

    I totally agree that it gets overwhelming at times when you have so much on your plate and no time to finish it. Planning, prioritizing and organizing helps. I started writing a year back, happy that I read this blog, will keep these in mind so that i dont make these mistakes. Good luck to you and congratulations for sailing through 🙂

  • Sonia Chatterjee

    I will complete a year of blogging in two days. Of all the points that you have written, I relate most to the point of very little interaction. Initially, I expected people to discover me and I rarely read others. I have tried to change that for the past few months and the results have been amazing. You have written a post that will be most helpful for new bloggers.

  • Maya Bhat

    This sounds so much like me. I too was like this initially when I didn’t know how blogosphere worked. Then slowly I came across some awesome people from whom I learnt a lot about how a blog works.

    After I shifted to a self hosted blog, I didn’t do the same mistake ever. I became more responsible for what I do on my blog. I also used to commit for so many book reviews earlier. And seriously I never scheduled them.

    Everything is a part of growth right. Our blog is our solo venture. We learn when we do mistakes. 🙂

  • alpanadeo

    That’s is an honest post of a blogger. It is always good to learn where we are lacking and accepting it. Blogging is not just we write and others read. It’s a connection that we create with our readers through writing. They start to relate to us through our writing. All the points are very true but to me not copying others is very important. What makes your blog special is the uniqueness and originality. I truly believe in this.
    #MothersGurukulreads #Myfriendalexa

  • Surbhi

    Just the right post for me at the right time! Thanks for making us aware of these mistakes, and helping us avoid them. A very honest post! All the best in your blogging journey 🙂

  • sujatatawde

    Hey Preeti, this is such an all inclusive post for all bloggers. I coluld realate to all mistakes made by you as a blogger and thanks for the steps you have taken to rectfy the blogging mistakes. We do learn a lot from our mistakes when we introspect genuinely . #MyFriendAlexa #SujatawdeReads

  • Ranjini

    I feel you! I have been blogging for 8 years now, rather clumsily. I haven’t paid attention to anything .It was just a place to go when I felt like lightening my heart. But now, I’ve begun taking the right step. My Friend Alexa is a part of that. I began by investing in my blog.

  • Jheelam

    I, too, came back to blogging after 2-3 years of hiatus. Poor communications with other bloggers and imitating the “it” gang- have been my follies as well. Thank you for listed down how you’ve mended your path. I can learn from it.

  • Priya

    this post is quite beneficial for new bloggers like me. Not communicating enough is something that I am guilty of. I am not a social person, but if I want to grow it’s imperative that I read and comment. Besides, a good comment always makes the blogger smile. Cheers! Here is to many more years of writing and blogging 🙂

  • Kalpana Manivannan

    All the things you have mentioned are genuine things any new blogger would have done, but its good you decided to get back to blogging. Its important that we learn from our mistakes and move on. Your post is surely helpful. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

  • Anshu Bhojnagarwala

    A very honest post, Preeti! I agree with you on all those points – copying others blindly just because they are successful can backfire. I have too learnt this the hard way. This post of yours tempts me to share my blogging journey too – with some dos and don’ts. Thanks for this post.

  • JayanthyGovindarajan (@JayanthyG)

    Hugs Preeti! I must say I enjoyed reading this post since I was able to relate with most of your thoughts. I have personally gone through these as well. I have personally made a few many mistakes with my blog. I finally found peace with my blog when I started tapping myself and sharing what I felt I need to change and opened up better on my blog. That’s all we need. In the end, We are all stories and those are the ones we need to share!

    I am so happy you found your muse and enjoy blogging now!

  • eshachaks

    God… You are my soul sister… I am exactly where you were… With a blog bereft if any direction and action… Thank you thank you for this post…. Immensely helpful

  • Anonymous

    Mistakes are common. Everyone makes it. But accepting your mistakes and take it as a learning instead of demoralizing yourself goes a long way. And at the end, the ones who don’t give up, of course, will be rewarded. Keep going. Happy blogging.

  • Mann (@Munkaun)

    Hi Preeti. Kudos for writing Such an honest post. Yes I think we all mess up at one point or the other. I also did many reviews but that was not the only thing I started blogging. I love telling stories, so soon I dropped the compulsions. I’ll do reviews whenever I feel like and trust me this has reduced unnecessary stress. Ways to go/
    #mannreads #myfriendalexa

  • Varad

    This is a very honest self-appraisal, Preeti. Accepting one’s fault is the first step towards improvement. Glad to know that you’ve identified your pain points and have worked on rectifying them. Good luck in your blogging endeavors.

  • Mahak

    I feel like I am in this exact space right now…overwhelmed with commitments, not getting much time to interact with other bloggers and not sure of the direction in which my blog is going. Your post made so much sense to me and I think it is time for me to reflect too.

  • Nihar Pradhan

    Preeti, it is such a honest confession and precisely what all of us a blogger go through, only the shades of experience may change. But that’s how the blogosphere operates and as an operator we have navigate that phase of challenge and frustration that creeps in. Then comes the need to galvanize ourselves and get the basics in place and you have done so meticulously and nothing then stops in speeding in the space of blogging. This is indeed an exciting space and there are rules and there are guidelines that govern our engagement. We all take our time to get align with this new way of operating and engaging in the virtual world.
    As rightly pointed out the real mantra remains on the art of managing content and being consistent, and for that we need to have our passion, the plan and programme in place.
    Thanks for sharing your journey and it will a good learning and inspiration for many aspiring to venture into this space…

  • Prerna Wahi

    Interesting points. I agree with most of them especially engagement with readers and retaining ones unique writing style. Good luck to you!

  • Sanjota Purohit

    Your post is like a guide to all the bloggers to not repeat the same mistakes. Currently I’m working with my blog theme which I should settle asap to avoid problems as you mentioned! I ll keep all these points in mind.

  • roysashwata

    Thanks for a very frank write-up regarding the mistakes you made and how you turned things around. Got to learn quite a few things that would be helpful for me.

  • jaya1966

    That is indeed wonderful that you got back to blogging after a setback. Yes, sometimes we want to move forward in our ventures too quickly and tend to be overzealous and mess up everything. It is better to be objective and take time and understand what we want to do and go about it carefully. This is especially true of blogging #MyFriendAlexa #JaiSReads

  • Akshata Ram

    Glad you found your mojo back Preeti, we all go through such stages in our blogging journey. I am still not very good at social interaction but I have decided to do as much as I can and let it be. My focus is on writing as that makes me happy

  • Charu Gujjal

    Being a happy blogger is the first step to being a successful one. I too made a few mistakes when I started off with my blog, but gradually learnt from those mistakes. I think prioritizing helped me as well.

  • syncwithdeep

    I loved your honesty. Almost everyone of us would have gone through this when we started as a blogger. While we wait to receive comments we forget that we have to acknowledge them in return.. Yea.. Glad, you identified the faults and emerged successful. Wishing u all the best in your future projects.

  • sukrisblog

    The whole idea of blogging is to write impromptu. But we all like to have readers who should visit again. In this dilemma we end up doing wrong things to our blog. Actually I too had the fear of lack of visitors. Since i write more on nonfiction and self development it is rather a dull genre so it becomes quite stressful when you think of how your readers would see or think and whether they would even visit to read. Yet i think i have come a long way now and feel that all those posts that hit the right note were those straight from the heart.

  • Dipali Bhasin

    Dear Preeti,

    This is such an earnest post. Retrospection is so important to mull over what happened in the past and to analyse how one can better oneself for the future. You’ve covered some good points that most of us tend to falter or overlook. It’s a reminder to everyone in the blogosphere not to repeat them. Thank you for the share.

    Cheers!
    Dipali
    ( http://www.spoonsandsneakers.com )

  • Dr.Amrita

    Been there done that.We have all done these mistakes and come back again.Loved the honesty in the posy.Happy blogging .

  • sinjanag

    I loved this article for the honesty and selflessness you showed in sharing your learnings. As a newbie, I’m sure a lot of ppl will learn from you and check themselves from doing the mistakes. I sure can connect with you on overcommitment stuff.
    Small piece of unsolicitated advice – you can add your Twitter account to sheaholic in a minute, since I see that you are already using their service.

  • Mayuri6

    Such an honest, and insightful post, Preeti.
    Starting out, we are all guilty of making some of these mistakes, if not all of them.
    By sharing these you will make bloggers realise they are not alone.
    Glad you found your groove.
    You write beautifully, and I hope you will now write regularly too.

    • Preeti

      I am happy that my post was beneficial to you. And yes you should definitely learn from my mistakes and not repeat them:)
      And your attitude of learning from your own mistakes will surely take you far. All the best

    • Preeti

      So true Monika. Mistakes are an essential part of our growth. The only problem is many fail to realise and accept them. It took time for me as well, but when I did… there was no looking back. Would love to read that post of yours. Maybe I also learn something from there:)

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